FilmRadar - Silent Cinema in Los Angeles
Hello. There are a ton of opportunities to see silent films on the big screen this weekend! Please scroll down to see them and make sure to get your tickets asap.

There are also going to be several silent films screening at the 2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, which runs April 16th - 19th. Exact showtimes for these films haven't been announced. While festival passes are expensive, it is possible to get individual tickets. Click HERE for more information.

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Academy Linwood Dunn Theatre
March 9th at 7:30pm

Film Scholars Lecture

Lewis Milestone: A Hollywood Life

Lewis Milestone (1895 – 1980) rose from a humble Russian-Jewish background to become one of the leading directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

In this lecture, Harlow Robinson, author of the first major study of Milestone (Lewis Milestone: Life and Films), will survey his remarkable career, as well as introduce a screening of  Two Arabian Knights .

The restoration will be screened on DCP with live musical accompaniment by Joe Rinaudo on the Academy's restored 1917 Fotoplayer.

Nethercutt Museum
March 13th & 14th

Order Tickets by calling Feb. 12 from 4:00-6:00 pm*

Starring Colleen Moore
This film was thought to be lost, but a copy was found in 2001. You will be watching the only copy in existence, hand-cranked at 24 fps by Professor Joe Rinaudo at the opulent Nethercutt Museum.

Scott Lasky will accompany the film at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.

Academy Linwood Dunn Theatre
March 16th at 7:30pm

Lewis Milestone: A Hollywood Life
Double Feature

THE RACKET (1928) At the time, its controversial portrayal of corrupt government institutions saw the play banned in Chicago, despite its popularity. Though historians thought that the film had since been destroyed, a print was discovered in Howard Hughes’s vault after his death and was restored along with  Two Arabian Knights  (1927). 

For many years believed to be lost,  Seven Sinners  was rediscovered in 2015 when a copy was unearthed in Queensland, Australia. Although partially incomplete and slightly damaged, the Academy Film Archive’s restoration brought Lewis Milestone’s feature directorial debut back to life.

With an introduction by Harlow Robinson and live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Old Town Music Hall
March 20th - 22nd

Laurel and Hardy Festival
A collection of silent and sound shorts

Live musical accompaniment by Bill Fields on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
March 22nd at 2:30pm

Harold Lloyd plays Harold Lamb, a “bespectacled go-getter who heads off to college thinking his experiences will be just like the ones he saw in the movies” ( The film was Lloyd’s biggest box office hit.

Accompanying the film our 1924 Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ is American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year (2012) Mark Herman.

Retroformat at Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43
March 28th at 3:30pm (Kids matinee) and at 7:30pm

SAFETY LAST (1923) is the classic thrill-comedy by the man who invented the genre. People otherwise unfamiliar with Harold Lloyd or silent film comedy know the image of him hanging dangling from the hands of a giant clock over downtown Los Angeles. 

This screening represents a rare opportunity for fans of great cinema and classic comedy to see this thrilling classic projected larger than life on the screen of Hollywood’s spectacular new theater, in its original release format.   

Live musical accompaniment is provided by our Musical Director Cliff Retallick, L.A.'s premiere live film accompanist.

Avalon Casino Theatre - Catalina Island Museum
May 15th at 8:00pm

In this spoof on Rudolph Valentino's  Blood and Sand  film, Stan Laurel stars as Rhubarb Vaselino who lives in a small village in Spain. 

Composer and pianist Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment for the film.

The screening will be followed by a slideshow lecture about the Curse of Valentino's Ring with special guest Laura Macfehin.

May 16th at 1:00pm

Attendees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience with the screening of the 1922 film,  Blood and Sand  starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee and Nita Naldi with live music by Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists.

This event will also celebrate what would have been Valentino's 125th birthday.

All of this takes place in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace.

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
May 31st at 2:30pm


The Gold Rush  was the film that Chaplin stated he would most like to be remembered by and remains “one of cinema’s enduring classics, starring, written, and directed by the twentieth century’s first media superstar.” ( 

Accompanying the film our 1924 Mighty Wurlitzer theater pipe organ is organist Russ Peck.